Detroit’s Health Alliance Plan has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Detroit’s Trusted HP – Michigan, a 9,000-member Medicaid plan formerly known as Harbor Health Plan Inc. The move marks HAP’s re-entrance into Michigan’s Medicaid HMO service area known as region 10, which includes Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties.
“HAP is committed to providing quality health care services to the members and community by offering member-focused care, as well as enhanced access to programs by a team dedicated to the members’ health and wellness,” says Tommy Duncan, CEO of Trusted Health Plan Inc., a managed care organization in Washington D.C. that owns Trusted HP – Michigan.
Trusted HP – Michigan was previously named Harbor Health Plan and ProCare Health Plan. It has been operating as a licensed HMO in Michigan since 2000. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to be finalized in late summer. Most of the plan’s existing members are in Wayne County.
“We are thrilled to announce a return to offering a Medicaid option that serves the people of metro Detroit,” says Wright L. Lassiter III, president and CEO of Henry Ford Health System, which provides HAP. “As both a health insurer and health care provider, we are uniquely positioned to offer seamless, holistic care and coverage to our Medicaid population – a fully integrated approach focusing on quality and efficiency that creates lasting value for our patients and members.”
Trusted HP-Michigan members will be able to keep their doctors and continue using their services and current ID cards. The company’s employees will also become part of the HAP team.
“True integration between provider and payer is extremely important to our Medicaid population,” says Terri Kline, president and CEO of HAP. “We also know how critical it is to understand our members’ individual needs and concerns. By uniting our dedication to both, we are creating something truly exceptional for the people of southeast Michigan, and we are so excited to welcome these new members into the HAP family.”
HAP serves 570,000 members across the state. Its subsidiary, HAP Midwest Health Plan, offers Medicaid products under the HAP Empowered name, available in region 6, which includes Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair, and Tuscola counties. Covered Medicaid programs offered through HAP Empowered include health care coverage for people impacted by the Flint water crisis, MIChild, Healthy Michigan Plan, and Children’s Special Health Care Services.
The company also participates in the MI Health Link Dual Demonstration Project, serving 4,500 members who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid in Wayne and Macomb counties.
“Our team of clinically grounded physician leaders have been instrumental in finding ways to offer our members access to programs that help them stay or become healthy,” says Dr. Michael Genord, chief medical officer of HAP and president and CEO of HAP Midwest Health Plan. “We work diligently with our Medicaid members to be able to afford and to understand health insurance. That is an essential aspect of our commitment to the health and wellness of our members – especially our most vulnerable populations.”
Henry Ford Health System is a six-hospital system and provides both health insurance and health care delivery. HAP is a nonprofit health plan that provides coverage to individuals and companies of all sizes.